PARTIES, demand USD 100M from Gov’t
By Nema Juma
The Umbrella of Political parties has demanded that the government release the balance of USD 100 million meant for the peace implementation.
The Interim Chairman Dr. Abraham Bungkuac said the money was part of what had been paid previously for the peace implementation process.
He said the fund was needed urgently for the formation of the “mechanism” to supervise the implementation of critical tasks as agreed during the tripartite summit in Entebbe, Uganda.
The Umbrella of political parties that comprise six parties has also urged the government to review the membership of National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC), for “possible removal and replacement of some members for effective leadership”.
In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor, Dr. Abraham said they welcome the decision taken by both President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar for the extension of the pre-transition period for 100 days.
“We know the public wanted the government to be formed on date 12th so when the President extended, the hearts of everybody broke down but for us we said no because it is the right thing as everybody will be in and it will give the chance for other groups who are calling for extension so that they will not be blamed if anything happen,” he stressed.
Dr. Abraham stated that the 100 days extension was good for the parties to complete the security arrangement. He said it also gives the government to humbly meet its pledges of 100 million US dollar.
He said that South Sudanese have lost hope and would therefore like to see this senseless civil war come to an end immediately and requested government to respect its own pledges.
He further stated that the 100 days have been welcomed despite the fact that it was a popular demand of the people of South Sudan that the government should be formed on the 12th of November 2019.
“We have chosen peace instead of War and that is why this extension is accepted but please this must be the last, no more extension,” Dr. Abraham said.